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The title of this painting comes from a passage by John Ruskin, which affirms that Christ is at the helm of every boat. The kneeling woman, comforted by her mother-in-law, realises that her husband is lost at sea, but the open Bible, altar-like table and print on the wall hint at the consolations of religion.
Oil on canvas
122.6 x 167.6 cm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1888